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If you’re the one who loves everything and anything about mountains, being in Gangtok can be one of the best decisions they can make. Absolutely alluring, pleasantly breezy, and decked in clouds, this capital city of Sikkim is so magical that you can’t help but be spellbound. Gangtok is one heavenly city that includes a maze of streets that lead to monasteries, eateries with tempting local fare, humble and friendly locals, and of course, picturesque views of the mesmerizing Himalayan skyline that makes it the right place to stay for a few days. So let’s talk about the best time to visit Gangtok and explore Northeast India.

Gangtok

Before planning to visit any new place, you need to know when you can make the most of the trip. Here’s the best time/season when you can be a part of this fascinating place.

Weather Throughout the Year

SeasonsMonthsTemperature
SummerApril-June18°C to 25°C
MonsoonJuly-September16°C to 21°C
WinterOctober-March02°C to 07°C

Summer Season (April till June)

Visiting Gangtok during the summer season can be the best decision if you want to escape the heat and sternness of your daily lives. Be the guest of this beautiful place and experience the cold and comfortable weather as the temperature usually remains between 18ᵒ to 25ᵒC. Also, one can even enjoy the northern and western parts of this hill station because these places are only allowed to be visited for a limited period of time.

Also, don’t forget that this season remains at its peak so get ready to see a large crowd of people as well. Make sure you do all your bookings in advance to experience the most unforgettable vacation of the year. While in Gangtok in summer, you can pay a visit to Ganesh Tok, Harbhajan Singh Temple, Tinkitam, Rumtek Monastery, Do Drul Chorten and much more, and also read more about Northeast India.

Monsoon Season (July till September)

Well, to be honest, visiting Gangtok from July till September is not an ideal choice to visit the place because of the swift rainfall that might cause landslides and road blockage. But the season can be definitely the best choice to pay a visit to North East, where you can include going Gangtok. Different several places to visit in the place become limited due to most of the roads become uninviting at the time. Also, the weather becomes extremely cold after every time it rains, thus making it difficult to step outside the house. No doubt, you’ll get to see lush-green environment during the time but should be avoided while planning a trip to Gangtok.

Winter Season (October till March)

Every season has its own charm and beauty but winter season gives a whole new experience. The real and actual beauty of the place can be witnessed during winters. The season starts from October till March and the temperature generally remains between 2ᵒ-7ᵒ C. This season is surely the perfect time to enjoy the spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains and the wintry weather asks for an adrenaline rush.

The beautiful flowers cover the green background, adventure activities everything from river rafting to paragliding, and ride in cable cars. In addition to it, one can also capture the eye-pleasing sight of the frozen lakes of Gurudongmar and Tsomgo, Nathula Pass, and picture-worthy hill station that completes your wish to be on a perfect vacation. To have the best experience, it is suggested to do the booking of our tickets somewhere between the last week of November to the end of January.

The best time to visit Sikkim can be two slots in a year, i.e., March and May or October and mid-December. March to May is the best time to visit Sikkim if you want to encounter the blooming and raw beauty of Gangtok. Winter season is most suited for you if you want to witness various festivities like Maniram Bhanjyang Tourism Festival, cherry Tea Festival, Red Panda Winter Festival etc.

SeasonsMonthsTemperature
SummerApril- June05°C to 25°C
MonsoonJuly-September04°C to 15°C
WinterOctober-March04°C to 07°C

The state offers numerous options for adventure sports and is home to eye-pleasing landscapes. It is one of the most visited states in India due to the abundance of natural beauty that one gets to witness across pastures. From the serenity of the multiple Buddhist monasteries to the scenic hilltops, one gets to stumble upon all of it here.

Every season of Sikkim brings with it the joy of nature in its own peculiar way. So, before you read about the best time to visit Sikkim, let us delve deeper into the seasons and weather throughout seasons.

Kupup, Nathu La, Sikkim

Weather Throughout the year

Summer (April- June)

The April marks the onset of summer in Sikkim and the average temperature ranges from 5°c – 25°c in the season. If you are traveling through this season, keep a note of nights being slightly chilly. Therefore, carry a lightweight jacket to block those chilling winds at night. Gurudongmar Lake, Nathula Pass etc are ideal places to be visited this season. You can also enjoy the beauty of the Gangtok at these months.

Monsoon (July-September)

The monsoon droplets touch the alluring greenfield of Sikkim as soon as the month of July sets in. The average temperature remains somewhere between 4°c – 15°c. Due to its geography, Sikkim experiences acute rainfall, and hence commute via road can become a bit obstructive. It’s not the most suitable time to visit and enjoy the place to its fullest. Although, north of the Sikkim witnesses the least rainfall in comparison to all the other regions of the state.

Winter (October-March)

The winter in Sikkim is to a great degree chilly with ceaseless snowfalls. Winter temperature ranges from 4 °C (39 °F) and 7 °C (45 °F). In winters the majority of roads and the enormous Himalayan range is covered with thick layer of porcelain white snow. During the winter the state looks hypnotizing with snow-capped mountains, streams and streets. Gangtok’s snowfall will just ironically melt your heart away, no wonder, it is one other most visited spots during winter.

Best Time to visit Sikkim

Sikkim, the north-eastern state in India, is heaven and one of the most pristine destinations for a lot of travelers. Chances are that you are planning to visit it too, therefore, you are here, reading this. Then, welcome here, our prestigious traveler, we will break down the weather across seasons in Sikkim and the best time to visit Sikkim.

So, if you are planning a getaway at Sikkim then the above guide will help you prioritise better and keep your problems at bay. Now hurry up, book the tickets and hop on that flight already.